These tasty treats are something like tamales in their construction (not their taste!) and are great for on-the-go snacking or as a dessert. Don't let the prep time scare you... most of it is soaking time. My dad bought these for me as a special treat from our favorite Laotian restaurant when I was younger, and when I ventured out on my own I tried making them myself. I went through several recipes I found online with no success... I couldn't get the rice as glutinous and soft as the ones from the restaurant! Eventually I broke down and asked the owner what the secret was: cook the rice beforehand, and cook it again with the "sauce" to really get the gluten going. I've made this countless times since, and it's perfect!